Iain Hay

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor

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Iain Hay is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Geography in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University, inaugural Director of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, and Chair of the Australian Academy of Science's National Committee for Geographical Sciences. He is also member-elected Director of HCi (Health Care Insurance).

His earlier academic leadership roles include Academic Dean of the Australian Institute of Business (AIB); inaugural Director of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia (RGSSA); foundation Dean (Education) of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University; and Australian Learning and Teaching Council Discipline Scholar for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. He previously served as Head of the School of Geography, Population and Environmental Management at Flinders University.

Iain completed his PhD at the University of Washington as a Fulbright Scholar and received a LittD from the University of Canterbury for work on geographies of domination and oppression. His books have sold in excess of 100,000 copies and include: Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography (5th edn Oxford 2021); Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich (Elgar 2016); and How to be an Academic Superhero. Developing and Sustaining a Career in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (2nd edn Elgar 2023). He also co-edits the International Geographical Union's series on Contemporary Geographies (Edward Elgar) and maintains editorial roles with influential journals. He is former Editor-in-Chief of Geographical Research (Wiley), foundation Australasian Commissioning Editor for Journal of Geography in Higher Education, and he co-founded the journal Ethics, Place and Environment (Taylor & Francis).

Iain received the 2006 Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year and has subsequently accepted significant awards for contributions to geography and to higher education from the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), the Institute of Australian Geographers, the American Association of Geographers (AAG), the Australian College of Educators, the International Association for Promoting Geoethics; and the New Zealand Geographical Society. He was admitted as one of the first Principal Fellows of the Higher Education Academy in 2013; as a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences in 2014; and a Fellow of the AAG in 2021.

Over his career Iain has held visiting appointments such as the University of Bristol's Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship; a British Academy Visiting Fellowship; and a Fellowship of the University of Edinburgh's International Social Sciences Institute. He served too as the National University of Singapore's Educator-in-Residence.

Iain has experience leading professional and membership organisations including as First Vice-President of the International Geographical Union (IGU), President of the Institute of Australian Geographers, founding member of the IGU's Commission on Research Methods, and co-founder of the International Network of Learning and Teaching geography in higher education. 

Distinguished Professor Hay has established a career-long record of thoughtful leadership, collegiality, and innovation in geography and higher education more broadly.

Research Interests

  • Economic, cultural and social geography
  • Geographies of domination and oppression
  • Inequality
  • Geographies of the super-rich
  • Qualitative methods and research ethics
  • Geographical education
  • Human-environment relations

Supervised Students Successes

  • Apr 2016 Paul Johnson - Royal Geographical Society of South Australia John Lewis Silver Medal
  • Apr 2014 Irene Sahertian - Royal Geographical Society of South Australia John Lewis Silver Medal
  • Apr 2012 Gavin Malone - Institute of Australian Geographers' Postgraduate Award
  • Apr 2011 Edoardo Rosso - Royal Geographical Society of South Australia John Lewis Silver Medal
  • Apr 2009 Noel Richards - Royal Geographical Society of South Australia John Lewis Silver Medal
  • Apr 2002 Michiyo Yoshida - Royal Geographical Society of South Australia John Lewis Silver Medal

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • GIS, health geography (1)
  • human geography, indigenous cultural markers, cultural imperialism (1)
  • human geography, indigenous-settler relations, colonization, land management (1)
  • human-environment relations, bushfire management (1)
  • human-environment relations, Indonesia, solid-waste management (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • human geography, public participation, tourism planning, Malaysia (1)
  • human geography, citizenship, Japan (1)
  • human geography, gambling, homelessness (1)
  • human geography, social capital, sport (1)
  • human geography, urban planning, critical geography, sustainability, discourse (1)
  • human geography, volunteering (1)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Letters (LittD), 'Geographies of Oppression and Domination', University of Canterbury

Award Date: 7 Apr 2009

Master of Educational Management, Flinders University

… → 2004

Award Date: 14 Oct 2004

Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, Flinders University

… → 1996

Award Date: 19 Apr 1996

PhD, 'Lo(o)sing Control. Money, Medicine and Malpractice in American Society', University of Washington

Award Date: 14 Dec 1989

Master of Arts (with Distinction), 'The Caring Commodity. Transformations in the Exchange Character of Medicine in New Zealand (1840-1985)', Massey University

Award Date: 6 Dec 1985

Bachelor of Science (Honours), First class, University of Canterbury

Award Date: 4 May 1983

External positions

Academic Dean, Australian Institute of Business

May 2023Nov 2023

Director, Royal Geographical Society of South Australia

22 Aug 2022May 2023

Founder and Director, Developing Professors

Apr 2022 → …

Visiting Professor, School of Housing, Building and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia

2015

IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies and School of Economics, Finance and Management, University of Bristol

2015

Visiting Professor, Beijing Union University

2013

Visiting Professor, School of Geography and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University

2013

Educator-in-Residence, National University of Singapore

2012

Visiting Scholar, University of Waikato

2011

Australian Discipline Scholar for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities , Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ex Carrick Institute)

20092011

Visiting Scholar, Australian Defence Force Academy, The University of New South Wales

2000

Honorary Visiting Associate, International Social Sciences Institute and Department of Geography, University of Edinburgh

1998

Visiting Scholar, School of Earth Sciences, Macquarie University

1995

Honorary Visiting Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Auckland

1994

Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky

1994

Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, School of Geography, University of Manchester

1994

Supervision

  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Geography
  • Education
  • History
  • Sociology

Supervisory Interests

  • Human Geography - general
  • Social Geography
  • Cultural Geography
  • Political Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Geographical Education
  • Gender and Geography
  • Geography and Ethics
  • Geographies of the Super-rich
  • Environmental management

Keywords

  • G Geography (General)
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • LB2300 Higher Education

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